The Child in Cinema

February 2 - May 10

From February 2 through May 10, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled The Child in Cinema, with weekly Tuesday lectures by Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Professor of Film, TV, and Theatre at Notre Dame University and author of The Apartment Plot and an in-progress book on the urban child in cinema. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Wojcik’s lecture.

– Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center


This series explores the meaning of the image of the child in cinema. It is not a course in the genre of the children’s film or children’s media. Instead, we will examine the function children perform in film; the meanings we ascribe to childhood; how ideas about childhood change historically, across different cultures, in different countries, and different genres; and what kids tell us about our ideas about gender, race, and class. We will consider the role of the child star, performance, and especially tears. We will investigate how ideals of childhood innocence operate in relation to images of childhood evil, sexuality, criminality, war, and other modes of experience.

– Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Professor of Film, TV, and Theatre at Notre Dame University

Admission to all The Child in Cinema programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

PREVIOUSLY

Tuesday lecture series!

The Kid

1921, Charles Chaplin, USA, 68 min. With Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Feb 2nd 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Dead End

1937, William Wyler, USA, 93 min. With Sylvia Sidney, Humphrey Bogart.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Feb 5th 2:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 9th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Little Miss Marker

1934, Alexander Hall, USA, 80 min. With Shirley Temple, Adolphe Menjou.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Feb 16th 6:00pm
Tuesday lecture series!

Bicycle Thieves

Ladri di biciclette

1948, Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 93 min. With Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Feb 19th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 23rd 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

The 400 Blows

Les quatre cents coups

1959, François Truffaut, France, 99 min. With Jean-Pierre Léaud.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 27th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 1st 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Ivan's Childhood

Ива́ново де́тство

1962, Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia, 95 min. With Kolya Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 15th 6:00pm
Tuesday lecture series!

The Cool World

1963, Shirley Clarke, USA, 105 min. With Rony Clanton, Carl Lee.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 22nd 6:00pm
Tuesday lecture series!

ET: The Extra Terrestrial

1982, Steven Spielberg, USA, 115 min. With Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 29th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

Paper Moon

1973, Peter Bogdanovich, USA, 102 min. With Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Apr 2nd 6:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 5th 6:00pm

Tuesday lecture series!

The Other

1972, Robert Mulligan, USA, 108 min. With Chris Udvarnoky, Martin Udvarnoky.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Apr 9th 5:15pm
  • Tue, Apr 12th 6:00pm